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If you love Chinese takeout, but don’t love not knowing what goes into your food, you are in luck! This take-out fake out has all of the flavor, and you know exactly what goes into it!

Chicken Oriental | www.tasteandtellblog.com

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I have come a long way in the kitchen since I first started cooking. Even since I first started blogging. Just a few short years ago, I was a total follow-the-recipe-to-a-t kind of cook. And believe me – there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Cooking can still totally be enjoyable when you are just following a recipe! But I am definitely a lot more comfortable. More confident.

Take this chicken, for example. I had seen a recipe in a church cookbook that looked promising. I wrote down the basic ingredients, but then when I went to get started with dinner, I felt like changing it up a little bit. What I ended up with was a far cry from that original recipe. But do you know what? This totally worked. I’ll admit – I was a little bit worried at times, telling my husband that I didn’t know if dinner was even going to be any good. But it ended up better than good! My husband went back for seconds and begged for the leftovers the next day. I’m pretty sure this one will become a regular in our house.

Chicken Oriental | www.tasteandtellblog.com

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If you love Chinese takeout, but don't love not knowing what goes into your food, you are in luck! This take-out fake out has all of the flavor, and you know exactly what goes into it!
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons pineapple-orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • dash of cardamom
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1¼ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil
  • Rice, for serving
  • sliced green onions, for topping
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the chicken broth, juice, soy sauce, onion, brown sugar, ginger and cardamom. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and the water. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and cook just until the sauce starts to thicken up. (This will probably happen very quickly.) Remove the sauce from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, pour a layer of vegetable oil into a large saute pan and warm over medium heat. Add the flour to a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Add the egg to another shallow pan and add about a teaspoon of water. Lightly whisk.
  4. Working in 3-4 batches, take some of the chicken and dip it in the egg mixture. Allow some of the egg to drip off, and put the chicken in the flour mixture to coat. Use tongs to transfer the chicken to the hot oil and pan fry, turning as necessary, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken, adding more oil as necessary.
  5. Put all of the cooked chicken into a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the top and stir to coat the chicken. Serve over rice and top with sliced green onions.
*feel free to use orange juice or pineapple juice. I had a mix of the two on hand, so that is what I used.
*I love chicken thighs (I think they have more flavor) but boneless, skinless chicken breasts will work here, too.

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15 Responses to Chicken Oriental

  1. Tieghan says:

    This is my favorite kind of chicken! Looks so good!

  2. Looks awesome! Faaar better than take-out!

  3. Joanne says:

    The best thing about becoming more experienced with cooking is knowing you can play around and change things up…and everything will be okay. This sounds great!

  4. I might be Asian but sometimes a good american Chinese take away is hard to beat. I love this recipe for chicken, it is so easy! I often use the orange sauce for tofu too. Thanks for sharing

  5. Oh, now this is my kind of Asian meal! Looks so scrumptious, Deborah.

  6. Gotta love when experimenting with a recipe goes the RIGHT way. πŸ™‚ This looks so good — I’ve been craving Chinese food lately so I’ll definitely have to make this!

  7. Love some Chinese take out but it is good to make it at home! This looks delicious!

  8. Nessa says:

    Chinese take-out is soooo good! Hope to make this at home πŸ™‚

  9. Chels R. says:

    I’ve recently discovered I can’t eat Chinese takeout anymore. Every time I do, I get sick. I think it’s because My body has gotten use to “good” for you food and when I try to eat a real meal on the quicker side (fast food) I just feel gross and get sick. So this is a great way for me to make our own Chinese takeout πŸ™‚

  10. This is one of those meals I could eat every single night! Love it!

  11. My husband and I love Chinese take-out! Your pictures are amazing! This dish looks so delicious and easy to make. Pinning and making. πŸ™‚

  12. Love the smell of a Chinese restaurant and the fact that you can smell it before you walk in the door. It hooks me every time-just like this dish!

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I am definitely a lover of chinese food, this looks fantastic πŸ™‚

  14. This sounds wonderful! I LOVE making asian food at home – my daughter will actually eat it! πŸ™‚

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